LP125M Special Edition
The LP125M has been well received as an exceptional value among tube power amplifiers, offering extraordinary musical performance combined with sufficient muscle to drive a wide range of loudspeakers. We find that some customers are looking for even greater refinement, wanting an amplifier that approaches state of the art performance. We are pleased to be able to offer to these customers the new LP125M Special Edition (SE). The SE features the same circuitry (inspired by the flagship ART amplifier) but executed with CJD Teflon coupling capacitors and critical power supply “bypass” capacitors, and using Vishay metal foil resistors in critical circuit applications. These exceptional amplifiers are available for immediate delivery. We feel that the upgrade offers a substantial performance enhancement for a relatively moderate cost.
LP66S Series 2 Now Available
Announced in our previous newsletter, we are now delivering the new LP66S Series 2 with the updated voltage gain stage modeled after that used in the flagship ART amplifier. The Original LP66S is sold out.
NEW: TEA2 MAX
The TEA2SE offers a significant step beyond the base TEA2, but we couldn’t resist the temptation to take the TEA2 to the Max, an offering to ourselves and others seeking the ultimate in phono stage performance. The TEA2 MAX employs pure Teflon inter-stage and output coupling capacitors, along with large Teflon “bypass” capacitors on the audio circuit power supply. All audio circuit resistors and critical power supply resistors are upgraded to VISHAY and Caddock resistors. The result is a treat for the confirmed phono-phile. TEA2 MAX will be available for delivery before the end of May.
Great Press Coverage
In an excellent review in the latest issue of Tone Audio (No. 36, April 2011) Jeff Dorgay extols the virtues of the Special Edition ET3SE. Dorgay notes the wide and deep soundstage presentation and observes that the unit “makes your music collection come alive”. He goes on to note the “amazing” performance of the phono stage. Jeff bestows an “Exceptional Value Award” on the ET3SE, concluding “I defy anyone to find a more musical combination of preamplifier and phono stage at this price.”The May/June issue of TheAbsolute Sound features writers’ nominations for the Ten Most Significant Amplifiers of all Time. We were honored to find our original flagship product, the Premier One included in HP’s list. HP notes the Premier One’s “authority” and exceptionally correct mid-bass performance. The Premier One also made Peter Brueninger’s List while other Premier models garnered mention by Robert Greene and Jonathan Valin.In the previous issue of TAS(April) Jonathan Valin credits the GAT preamp and ART power amp in combination with Scanea speakers with producing the best sound at the 2011CES. Valin marveled at the way in which the system produced an uncannily real reproduction of two voices, noting “The speakers just weren’t there. Neither, for that matter, were the electronics.” Dare we add that it “just sounds right”? In the March issue of TAS, HP comments briefly on the TEA1/GAT/ART combination, noting the very special way in which “these jewels seem to clairify timing relationships” in recorded music.